Liverpool can still pip Man City to title, tennis mourns loss of Baltacha
EDITOR'S COLUMN: Liverpool can hold their heads high regardless of title fate this season
Title race not over yet
Despite Liverpool’s shocking 11-minute capitulation at Selhurst Park on Monday night, it mustn’t be forgotten that the Reds are still top of the Premier League table. True, the result leaves Manchester City needing four points from their remaining two home games and Manuel Pellegrini’s men are now rightly the heavy favourites to win the title, but don’t be surprised if we see another dramatic twist before the destination of the trophy is decided on Sunday. Few predicted that City would drop points at home to relegation-threatened Sunderland last month – a match the hosts were minutes away from losing. City could also have quite easily been pegged back by Everton during their 3-2 win at Goodison Park. Even if Pellegrini’s side do navigate their way past Aston Villa on Wednesday night, the fact that at least two teams will still be in with a chance of winning the title heading into the final round of fixtures will provide an appropriate end to what has been a fascinating season. If City do win the title, Liverpool’s season will wrongly be remembered for a failed title bid rather than a celebration of Champions League qualification, which Brendan Rodgers and most Liverpool fans outlined as the target for the campaign. It must not be forgotten that significant progress has been made at Anfield.
Tennis world mourns loss of Baltacha
The news of Elena Baltacha’s death at the age of just 30 from liver cancer on Sunday was met with shock by the tennis world. The former British No1’s passing in the early hours of Sunday morning has triggered a flood of tributes from the likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Laura Robson and Martina Navratilova. I’m fortunate enough to have interviewed Baltacha twice, once when this website was nothing more than a small blog, and again in 2011 after she broke into the top 50. The fact that she was willing to take more than 30 minutes out of her schedule on both occasions to speak to a relatively unknown outlet demonstrates how passionate she was about her tennis, as does this quote from when I first spoke to her back in 2009. “For me, the best thing about being a professional tennis player is being able to do what you love doing as a job! To travel around the world and experience new places, cultures and meet different people. The worst thing is flying…I’m not a good flyer at all!”